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think about politics, how we think about government, how we think about each other. >> there is a cultural shift, and jon meacham, i thought it was very telling what newt gingrich said about the republican party's challenges. he said they either wake up to the realities that are facing them. this election was much worse for them than they expected, or there will be young voters who will be obama democrats for the next 40 years. this could be a watershed election if the republicans don't respond in the correct way. >> one of the interesting things -- and i wonder if rick in thinking all this out, if what you all made of this -- is, you know, fdr had this legacy. you still had people -- hubert humphrey was still running in 1 1968 as an fdr democrat. one question i have is, is this wave of democrats, and is obama himself a sui generous figure or is he a kiclintonian figure? >> i addressed some of this. the "r" word, realignment, is something that people are talking about. there was a reagan realignment, and basically you could argue that this is finally the end of the
the first penny yet from the federal government, and it's important people know that. what happened in that agreement is $1 trillion in increased expenditures didn't happen. >> okay. >> all right? and now that we're down to the hard work of actually trimming some of the waste out of the federal government, nobody wants to do that. and so, we're in trouble because we have a set of elite career politicians that re-elect themselves on the basis of the bounty that comes from the federal modus in washington, and rather than on the best interests of the country. and so, i would tell you that -- i would tell you that one of the reasons that we're having difficulty is the fact that we won't actually talk about the issues that are most important to solving our problems. the other point i would make is that we did not have a downgrade because of the debate over the debt limit. we had a downgrade because of our financial condition and the lack of political will to make hard choices to solve them. >> senator, okay. he's getting his ear piece back in. i will wait. i will wait. you got me again?
geithner warned the government would hit its legal borrow i borrowing limit i limit by monday. geithner says the treasury will be forced to take, quote, extraordinary measures to keep paying the bills. he also referenced the impending fiscal cliff, which threatens to derail the economy if a compromise can't be reached by next week on those big unanswered issues. with both sides locked in the standoff, house republicans are calling on senate democrats to act first. democrats aren't budging much on their demands. they want to extend tax cuts and incomes below $250,000, prolong unemployment benefits, and delay those sweeping spending cuts. sam stein. >> yes. >> what happens in -- and it appears it will happen -- we go off the fiscal cliff for a few days? >> not much, is my understanding. kwb, over time, it will have much more of an impact, and it's unknown exactly what the market's psyche will do with respect to the government's inability to come together. with respect to the tax hikes, it won't be as bad as the rhetoric is suggesting early on. whether it's enough to actually get people to
on all americans and a series of mandatory government spending cuts will kick in. hello, new year. hello, new recession. after two years of missing self-imposed deadline after self-imposed deadline, all eyes were on the senate over the weekend as the house's failure to even bring a plan to a vote left it up to the upper chamber to find a way out. vice president biden who had remained on the sidelines in this round of talks was even called in to help move things along. but as the saying goes, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. this morning, insanity continues as the clock ticks down and we have less than 17 hours to go. so joining us now to help us sort out this mess, we have former adviser to the bush administration and the romney campaign, dan senor. dan, will we go over the fiscal cliff? >> i'm afraid we will. i think it will get fixed right after right into the new year but i don't think it will get solved. >> something small, kicking the can down the road? >> correct. >> that same old thing. >> deal with the impasse until we get to t
is not that helpful. i think the plan is good. we just can't stay there forever. if the government is going to be corrupt and not take care of their people, they will pay the price for that. >>> are what do you tell a parent who loses a sudden or daughter in afghanistan? why? >> we are trying to create a stable situation and develop a government representative of the people and live in peace with its neighbors. it's not always that simple or easy. even with the most noble circumstance that is a gi lost his life, it's hard to talk to a parent. the most difficult now is when you have a soldier that is killed by an afghan soldier. that is tough. i would have a tough time explaining that. a parent might say enough. the country that is the majority feels let's figure this out and we have other challenges. >> thank you so much. general powell. coming up, julia louis dreyfus, but first julianne moore on recreating the 2000 election in the film adaptation a game change. that's straight ahead when we return. [ male announcer ] it's that time of year again. time for citi price rewind. because your da
to see i increase my interest because these guys can't run a government, you're looking at going toward a recession where we're playing politics in washington. this is very serious. this is not just beltway rhetoric here. i think that people need to understand to the point of calling their congressional representative in outrage today saying, we should not be at this point. they're playing politics with the actual livelihood of families. this is not something that it will be all right a week or two or three or four. we start to go down that cliff, we don't know whether the momentum downward is going to be very, very damaging. >> yeah. >> maybe. >> you got na smirk on your face. >> maybe. i agree with the reverend that they're playing politics with livelihoods, because it is a huge risk. you're right about that. i disagree a little bit on the sort of dramatic, immediate impact of it. what we could get -- this is a possibility, and i'm trying to be optimistic because it's towards the end of the year. it's been crummy for a lot of people. we could get a deal the third week of january where
of times, even in a constitutional crisis, government worked. people put the country ahead of their own party in the day-to-day workings of the capitol. >> but i think that should give you hope, if the president wins the election, and i believe he will, that something like that will happen next time. let's go back and look at what really happened in the '90s. so we had this -- you know, '94 was contentious, but things got done. and then the republicans won the congress. '95, hardly anything got done. we did get the budgets out on time. >> right. >> i mean, that's the only year we didn't get the budgets out on time. and so there were two government shutdowns. then public opinion shifted strongly against that. the leaders of your caucus and congress decided i'd probably win in '96, and we started working together because the shutdowns were an action-forcing event. this time, after the election, there will be less gridlock. if governor romney were to win, he'd just implement the agenda that he campaigned on. >> right. >> and if the president wins re-election, which is what i think will hap
to london where the government in exile was. and they created this government in exile. my father broadcast over bbc, altering the war to the resistance movement. and i lived through the blitz. >> so your family stayed in london. >> well, we were in london all through blitz, and finally moved out to the countryside, in '43, '44. and we stayed in england until 1945 when my father went back and worked for the foreign minister. >> and i don't want to make this about your family. but the parallels are amazing, because mrs. brzezinski eventually got to london, and like millions of people, they had to move most of the kids outside of london to avoid the blitz, right? >> right. and then we all came to america. and the amazing part is how well -- i mean, i've known mika since she was really little, mainly because dr. brzezinski was my professor at columbia and it turns out that her mother went to wellesley, where i also went. a couple of years older than i. >> it is amazing. so explain. i want to draw out something i brought up before. colin powell had always said, because he served in vietnam, tha
government, whether one agrees or not, dealing with the cold war, being able to finally bring about that partnership with gorbachev, you know, take that wall down, the strength he showed, the communication ability, the fact that people felt optimistic during his time, the fact that the economy got better. i mean, the debt that grew is a problem. everybody has cons. none of these guys get through it without weaknesses that counterbalance their strengths. but i must say the more i look back on reagan, he is a transformative figure. >> isn't it fascinating that you look at the two great presidents of the 20th century -- i remember once reading, we are now all children of fdr. well, 25 years later you've got to say we are all now children of fdr and reagan, as is always the case with america, there's the great synthesis, and it's the great synthesis of these two great leaders. >> that's really important what you said because only recently were people willing to embrace fdr who were conservatives or republicans. when the monument went up there was that moment -- newt gingrich and robert
much more open than it is today. people wanting government jobs would line up by the hundreds outside lincoln's office, each with a story to tell, a reason his family needed a clerkship or a job in a post office in order to survive. lincoln's secretary told him he didn't have time for these ordinary people. you are wrong, he responded. that's pretty good. >> willie, you say that every day. >> one of my credos. >> i want to ask you about the political courage it took for abraham lincoln to take on this fight. it seems sitting in 2012 like an obvious thing to say, to free our foal people from that bondage. >> what was difficult is he did not run on the abolitionist ticket. he would not have been elected had he run as an abolitionist. he had an urge from his very young years that slavery was an atrocity. but from the beginning when the war first started, he could not let the border states secede and go south. because he couldn't let that happen, he pretty much put on a political theater, meaning he said what had to be said to calm the border states down and before the secession of the so
a ultimat a. >> we have allowed the federal government to be intrusive. every time we get on a plane. we have allowed our 9-year-old children to be stopped and frisked. our grandmothers to be 0 stopped and frisked. all of these people that -- our loved ones every time we go it through a tsa screening. we're willing to do that because of the attacks of 9/11 but we're not willing to tell a small niche of gun enthusiasts that they can't carry around semiautomatic combat style weapons with these magazine clips that allow you to reel off 10, 15, 20, 30 bullets per second that spin and rip young children to shreds? re really? real really? i don't think so. >>> coming up, our discussion of the top stories of the year continues. and later, the most memorable moments from mitt romney's run for the white house for better or for worse. you are watching "morning joe" brewed by starbucks. [ male announcer ] with over 50 delicious choices of green giant vegetables it's easy to eat like a giant... ♪ and feel like a green giant. ♪ ho ho ho ♪ green giant >>> welcome back to "morning joe." we want t
, mika, the fact that we have allowed the federal government to be intrusive. every time we get on a plane, we have allowed our 9-year-old children to be stopped and frisked, our grandmothers to be stopped and frisked. you know, all of these people that are our loved ones. every time we go through a tsa screening, we're willing to do that because of the attacks of 9/11, but we're not willing to tell a small niche of gun enthusiasts that they can't carry around semi-automatic combat-style weapons with these magazine clips that allow you to reel off, you know, 10, 15, 20, 30 bullets per second that spin and rip young children to shreds. really? really? is that where we're -- i don't think so. >> coming up, our discussion of the top stories of the year continues. and later, the most memorable moments from mitt romney's run for the white house, for better or for worse. you're watching "morning joe," brewed by starbucks. there is no mass-produced human. so we created the extraordinarily comfortable sleep number experience. a collection of innovations designed around a bed with dualai
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